Written by Jaylee Ismay
15 December, 2023

As the summer sun takes center stage, Basketball NSW is gearing up to make the upcoming school holidays a slam dunk for basketball enthusiasts of all ages. From free camps to high-performance events, our summer schedule promises an action-packed lineup for players and fans alike.

Development Camps:

For those looking to take their skills to the next level, Basketball NSW is hosting specialised development camps with a focus on ‘Prep for Rep’. Tailored for various age groups and skill levels, these camps will focus on refining individual and team skills through targeted drills and coaching sessions. Participants can expect to enhance their understanding of the game while enjoying a supportive, positive and competitive learning atmosphere.

The Leeanne Palmer NSW Country Development Program Day Camps (CDP) are to assist players and coaches from Country NSW to further their skills during the school holiday period.

2024 January Dates “Prep for Rep”:

5th January @ Illawarra – 37 Foley St, Gwynneville NSW 2500
8th January @ Bathurst – 4 Alexander St, West Bathurst NSW 2795
9th January @ Maitland – 10 Bent St, Maitland NSW 2320
10th January @ Coffs Harbour – 74 Bray St, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

CLICK HERE to register.

The Metro Development Program (MDP) Camps are to assist players and coaches from Metro NSW to further their skills during the school holiday period.

2024 January Dates “Prep for Rep”:

22nd January @ Wollondilly – 434 Argyle St, Picton NSW 2571
23rd January @Penrith –30 Herbert St, Cambridge Park NSW 2747

CLICK HERE to register.

The CDP & MDP camps are open to new, existing or elite male & female players in the following age groups: U14, U16, U18. 

Note: All athletes must be registered online to attend.

For more info please email .

Free Basketball Camps:

Kicking off January 2024 are a series of free basketball camps aimed at introducing the sport to young athletes across Southern NSW named ‘South Coast Summer Slam’. These camps, open to boys and girls of all skill levels, will provide a fun and inclusive environment for participants to learn the fundamentals of the game. Coaches and instructors will be on hand to share their expertise and inspire the next generation of basketball stars.

2024 South Coast Summer Slam Dates:

6th January @ Moruya Heads
7th January @ Shoalhaven 
8th January @ Narooma
9th January @ Bermagui
10th January @ Batemans Bay
12th January @ Merimbula

CLICK HERE to register.

For more info please email  

U13 Challenges:

Basketball New South Wales has unveiled a thrilling lineup of ‘Challenges’ aimed at nurturing young talent in the Under 13 age group, scheduled for the upcoming year. 

With a mission to develop skills and foster an understanding of the game, BNSW has introduced four unique opportunities for budding basketball players born in 2012 to take their game to the next level. 

The Under 13 Challenges feature distinct names inspired by former NSW players. These players began their basketball journey at different ages in their local NSW association and progressed through the basketball NSW development programs at their own pace. Eventually, they achieved international success by winning gold medals at the World Championships and or representing Australia at the Olympic Games. BNSW has chosen these names to pay tribute to these remarkable players.

U13 Suzy Batkovic Challenge – 11th January 2024 @ Maitland Basketball Stadium. 
U13 Damian Martin Challenge – 12th January 2024 @ Maitland Basketball Stadium.
U13 Matthew Nielsen Challenge – 24th January 2024 @ Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre 
U13 Annie La Fleur Challenge –  25th January 2024 @ TBC.

All athletes have already been previously selected and these events are closed to the public. For more info please email .

High-Performance Events – Development Tours:

In January each year, Basketball NSW selects athletes and coaches to participate in various Development Tours.These events are designed to identify and nurture top-tier talent, offering participants the opportunity to train with experienced coaches and compete at a high level. It’s a chance for players to test their skills and potentially open doors to future opportunities in the world of competitive basketball. These Tours provide Country and Metro athletes with the opportunity to compete against each other, as well as against athletes from other States in Australia. The focus of the Tours is development first and foremost and selections and preparations reflect as such.

Athletes and coaches have already trialed earlier in 2023 and have been selected for the below events. 

U15 & U17 Shootout:

The BNSW Shootout is targeted at participants identified as potential participants for the following years ACJBC and ECC (and U16 and U18 State team programs), this event is conducted for both boys and girls in the U15 & U17 age groups.

The tournament consists of athletes and coaches from both Country and Metro areas, training for 3X3, 3X3 tournament, 5 on 5 training and 5 on 5 games.

Dates: 5th – 7th January
Location:  Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre 

U16 & U18 East Coast Challenge:

In January eight NSW Metropolitan teams (two U16 Boys’ & Girls’ teams and two U18 Boys’ & Girls’ teams) play against teams from each of the other states.

The U16 teams are selected from the NSW Metropolitan selection camps while the U18 teams consist of the final 20 athletes that remain in the NSW Metropolitan U18 State Team selection process for the upcoming National Championships.

The ECC is a unique development opportunity as it takes athletes away from their comfort zone by exposing them to state and national-level talented athletes & teams. It aims to create positive challenges for players as they need to become accustomed to the standard of play required to compete at a National Championship.

Dates: 9th – 12th January
Location: Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre   

Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC): 

Each year, upwards of 60 teams and 700 players, coaches and officials take part including teams from Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand in the U14, U16, and U18 age groups. The standard of competition continues to improve year after year, but the original development aspect has been maintained and become remarkably successful.

Dates: 14th – 20th January (Inclusive of team training)
Location: Albury, Lauren Jackson Basketball Stadium 

Southern Coast Challenge:

The SCC gives elite junior players the opportunity to compete against development squads from other States in Australia. The Tournament has grown since its inception in 2012 and now involves U14 and U15 boys and girls teams from Victoria Country/Metro, SA Country/Metro, WA Country/Metro and the ACT.

This Tournament also allows Coaches and athletes to gain experience in high-level tournament play, preparing them for potential involvement in State Teams in the future.

Dates: 18th – 22nd January 
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

3X3 Big Hustle State Championship:

The 3X3 Big Hustle State Championships will host the top two teams from every age group from the 3X3 Big Hustle Qualifiers. The top three teams in each age group from the NSW State Championships will then qualify through to and secure their place for the 3X3 National Championships, held in late March 2024 – which will showcase the best 3X3 talent in Australia!

Date: 27th January 
Location: Western Sydney University Penrith (Kingswood Campus), at the outdoor multipurpose courts.

More Information HERE.

Please contact for any other questions. 

U20 & Ivor Burge Footlocker National Championships:

The National Championships are the pinnacle event for emerging athletes on a national stage as the teams compete to be crowned National Champion at the end of the tournament.  

Athletes and coaches have already been selected from earlier trials in 2023. 

Dates: 30th January – 4th February 
Location: TBA

More Information HERE.

NBL & WNBL Games:

Basketball fans are in for a treat as the NBL and WNBL bring the excitement of professional basketball to the summer holidays. Witness the intensity and skill of the Illawarra Hawks & Sydney Kings in the NBL and the Sydney Flames in the WNBL. Witness the top-level players as they compete in thrilling matchups that are sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. 

With plenty of home games to purchase tickets for including a massive Christmas Day clash between the Kings v Hawks, go out and support basketball in NSW. 

Illawarra Hawks (WIN Entertainment Centre):
Illawarra Hawks v Tasmaina JackJumpers – 23rd December 2023
Illawarra Hawks v Adelaide 36ers – 31st December 2023
Illawarra Hawks v SEM Phoenix – 5th January 2024
Illawarra Hawks v Cairns Taipans – 18th January 2024
Illawarra Hawks v Adelaide 36ers – 20th January 2024
Illawarra Hawks v NZ Breakers –  28th January 2024

Buy tickets HERE.

Sydney Kings (Qudos Bank Arena):
Sydney Kings v Illawarra Hawks – 25th December 2023
Sydney Kings v Cairns Taipans – 29th December 2023
Sydney Kings v Melbourne United – 4th January 2024
Sydney Kings v Brisbane Bullets – 7th January 2024
Sydney Kings v NZ Breakers – 14th January 2024
Sydney Kings v Perth Wildcats – 21st January 2024
Sydney Kings v Melbourne United – 28th January 2024

Buy tickets HERE.

Sydney Flames (Quaycentre):
Sydney Flames v Townsville Fire – 16th December 2023
Sydney Flames v Bendigo Spirit – 22nd December 2023
Sydney Flames v Adelaide Lightning – 17th January 2024
Sydney Flames v UC Capitals – 19th January 2024
Sydney Flames v Southside Flyers – 25th January 2024
Buy tickets HERE.


Our NSW Associations also might be hosting various school holiday camps, contact your location association to see what they have to offer.

For more information and for updates make sure you follow Basketball NSW on Facebook & Instagram. Feel free to also email

The BNSW Office will be closed from Wednesday 20th December 2023, and will reopen on 2nd Janaury 2024. 

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